Athenaeum Library Art History Lectures

Art History Lectures

German Art of the 20th Century

Presented by Cornelia Feye, M.A.


Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2017

All lectures begin at 7:30PM


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

                                                                          —Pablo Picasso


Art played an important part in Germany’s tumultuous history in the 20th Century – not just as a reflection of political and historical event, but also as a catalyst. During the first decade of the 20th century Munich was an international artistic center attracting foreign painters of the stature of Kandinsky, Klee and Jawlensky. Germany was the home of two innovative movements – Expressionism and the Bauhaus, which had a major influence on the art and design of our time. Through two World Wars, and 45 years as a divided nation, art reflected and processed German history. 


Cornelia Feye is the founder of Konstellation Press, an indie publishing company creating non-commercial books and interdisciplinary events at the intersection of art, music and literature. She received her M.A. in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Tübingen, Germany. After five years in New York, she moved to San Diego, where she taught Eastern and Western Art History at several colleges. Her museum experience includes the Mingei International, the San Diego Museum of Arts, the Museum of Man, and the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. From 2007 to 2017 she was the School of the Arts and Arts Education Director at the Athenaeum, Music & Arts Library in La Jolla. In 2011 she published her novel, Spring of Tears, an art mystery set in France, and it won the San Diego Book Award for the mystery category. Publications include art historical essays and reviews in English and German. Her second mystery House of the Fox is set in Anza Borrego desert and San Diego. Private Universe, her third novel, is a coming-of-age story and art mystery, and was released in 2017. She lives in Ocean Beach with her family, and when she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys rollerblading and dancing tango.; 


Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037



Series tickets: $48 for members/ $68 for nonmembers

Individual tickets: $14 for members/ $19 for nonmembers



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